Brain and Nervous System
May 12, 2019

Why are your hands shaking?

Everyone, regardless of age, can have a tremor. Hunger, fatigue, anxiety, and more often than not, anger or rage can all cause a trembling hand. We often describe these as “the shakes”. But a tremor that doesn’t go away, even after you’ve eaten or had a chance to calm down, is one to be investigated.
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October 8, 2018

Can you treat your child’s epilepsy with a ketogenic diet?

Children with epilepsy have repeated seizures. These are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. This condition is usually treated with medicines. But if medicines can’t control the seizures, a special diet like a ketogenic programme might help. A ketogenic (or keto) diet is high-fat and low-carbohydrate. There is evidence to suggest that a diet like this may help to reduce seizures. The science The diet is very high in fat, and very low in carbohydrates, yet does still include sufficient protein to support normal growth and development in your child. According to the University of Rochester Medical Centre,…
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Brain and Nervous Systemepilepsy
October 15, 2017

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a disorder of the nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles), and it causes sudden and recurring episodes of loss of consciousness, convulsions and sensory disturbance. These are all things which are associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Normally, neurones (cells) in your brain communicate with each other using electrical impulses, and these electrical signals travel along the nerves to the rest of your body, giving your muscles “instructions” to move. Convulsions happen when there is unusual electrical activity in the brain, which causes muscles to tighten and relax rapidly, or stop moving completely.…
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Brain and Nervous Systemepilepsy
February 10, 2017

Living with epilepsy

Epilepsy is often overlooked as it’s not a disease, illness, psychiatric disorder or a mental illness. Instead, it’s a symptom of a neurological disorder, and is typified by unusual electrical activity in your brain. This activity manifests as seizures. Anyone can be affected by epilepsy regardless of gender, age and race. Triggers Sleep deprivation. Poor diet. Alcohol or drug abuse. Not taking epilepsy medication. Flashing lights or bright patterns. Menstruation and pregnancy in women. There are different types of seizures and knowing how to recognise them will help you to manage them. The two common types are called primary generalised…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
September 8, 2016

Struggling at school? Your child could be having absence seizures

An absence seizure is one of those conditions that you can easily miss. The reason for this, is that the symptoms can be very subtle: a slight abnormality in your brain simply causes a brief attention-cut. It may not be the reason for your child struggling at school, but if it is, diagnosis and treatment can make a world of difference! What is an absence seizure? Absence seizures are caused by a short disturbance (usually 15 seconds or less) of brain function from abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Normally, the brain's nerve cells communicate with one another by firing…
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Brain and Nervous Systemepilepsy
June 20, 2014

What you should do if someone has an epileptic seizure

In its simplest form, epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects your central nervous system – the part of your body that processes and interprets information, determines a response and transmits that response through the spinal cord to the right body part – helping you breathe, sweat, dance and even blink. (more…)
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